RuffTail Runners (formerly "Jog-a-Dog") is a program brought to you by Team Spiridon, that encourages runners to run with shelter dogs, giving the dogs a little more exercise “off-campus”, away from the stressful shelter environment. As a result, they are better-adjusted, healthier, and therefore, more adoptable.

This program is for runners, or at least walkers who can get the dogs out for a few miles - higher paces keep the dogs more focused and gives them more exercise, and makes some of them easier to handle, but getting them walked for more time and distance than they're used to is valuable, as well. Currently, the program is up and running at Austin Pets Alive!'s Town Lake facility, at 1156 West Cesar Chavez. We hope to expand the program to the Austin Humane Society, Williamson County Humane Society, and other shelters.

Please head over to our website, which will give you some basic information that you need to know, and instructions on how to participate.

But FIRST, please give entering this program some careful consideration. We've trained, get this, around a thousand people to participate in the program, but less than 40 to 50 people come to participate on any sort of regular basis. We understand the need for volunteer hours, and for people to see if the program is a good fit for them or not, and we and the dogs are incredibly grateful for any time you can give. But, we need to be able to focus volunteer time and resources on giving better training to fewer, but more highly-committed and available volunteers.

This is one of Team Spiridon's programs, and is driven primarily by volunteers. So, we offer training sessions as our schedule allows. As soon as we know when we can hold a session, we will post it. If a training session is not posted, then we don't know for certain when it will be. Please do not email or otherwise ask when the next session is. Because of the high volume of these questions, we may not respond.

So, if you're ready to make a bit of a commitment to come out, even on an occasional basis, to make a dog's day, then please join us, and thanks!

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  • New Member
    megan megan­ joined
    "Hello my name is Megan! I'm interested in being able to take a shelter pup on runs with me until my 2 year old Dalmatian mix gets the hang of running herself!"
  • New Member
    Kari Woodruff Kari Woodruff joined
    Kari Woodruff
    "42 year old Mom of 3 human children, two rescue cats, a rescue dog and a bunny. Animal lover, horse rider, wanna-be athlete who will help anyone in need."
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    Carl Koehler Carl Koehler joined
    2 days ago
    Carl Koehler
    "Student at the University of Texas studying Finance, French, and minoring in Accounting."
  • New Member
    Ian Ian­ joined
    2 days ago
    "love running around Town Lake, looking to bring a pup with me."
  • New Member
    sonali sonali­ joined
    2 days ago
    "I am a software engineer by profession. I have been in Austin for about 1.5 years and love this place!"
  • New Member
    Catherine Rakkar Catherine Rakkar joined
    2 days ago
    Catherine Rakkar
    "Hey I'm Catherine!"
  • New RSVP
    Teresa Hardy Teresa Hardy RSVPed Yes­ for RuffTail Runners Training
    2 days ago
    Teresa Hardy
    Aug 3
    RuffTail Runners Training
    Sunday 9:00 AM
    9 going
  • New Member
    Madeline Berube Madeline Berube joined
    2 days ago
    Madeline Berube
    "Love going on runs but would LOVE a running buddy! It's a win-win :)"
  • New Member
    Teresa Hardy Teresa Hardy joined
    2 days ago
    Teresa Hardy
    "Hi. I am a recent Austin transplant from Oakland, CA with my husband and 3 year old son. I'm a CA native and my husband and his family are all Texans. I love to run and I love helping shelter animals so I think your group may be perfect for me!"
  • New Member
    Emily Hardy Emily Hardy joined
    3 days ago
    Emily Hardy
    "I'm new to Austin and love dogs and being active"
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Founded Jun 4, 2012


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